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« on: September 09, 2012, 06:28:32 pm »

'Renoir painting' snapped up at US flea market


What is believed to be an original painting of Pierre-Auguste Renoir The painting was bought for less than $50

A painting bought at a flea market in the US may turn out to be a rare bargain - a work by French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

It was bought by a woman as part of a box lot that included a doll and a plastic cow, and cost about $50 (31).

She took it to a Virginia auction house where experts said they believed it was Renoir's Paysage Bords de Seine - a river scene - from about 1879.

The auctioneers expect it to sell for up to $100,000 later this month.

It is believed the painting was bought from a Paris gallery in 1926.

A Renoir plaque on the frame prompted the woman to have it analysed by a local auction house.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19529937
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